Lancaster December Graduation

Graduation and Commencement Details

This commencement ceremony serves students who have completed academic requirements by the August or December graduation cycles. Here, you’ll find all the information you’ll need to prepare for your graduation day. Share this link with family and friends who may have questions about where to go and what time festivities begin.

If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

 Friday, December 16, 2022

Commencement Service Held:
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Lancaster, PA 17601
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Did You Apply for Graduation?

If you are planning on graduating in December, you must submit the Graduation Application by the deadline.
September 30

Apply Now!

Have You Ordered Your Graduation Regalia?

Any one planning on participating in the December Commencement Ceremony must order your regalia by the deadline.
November 2

Apply Now!

Quick Links

These are the media services available for streaming on graduation day and the video/photos will be uploaded a few working days after the event.

Ceremony Live-stream Link
Download the Commencement Program
View Commencement Video
Graduation Photos to Download

Graduation Events

Graduates, please take note of these details for the events of graduation.

Thursday, December 15

7 p.m. – Awards Ceremony and Departmental Dessert Reception Reservations required. Each graduate may bring up to 6 guests. Register here.

Friday, December 16

9:30-11 a.m. – Celebration Brunch with the President
Drop-in event. Tickets required. Each graduate may bring up to 6 guests. Graduate ticket is complimentary. Guests are $8 each. Use respective links below to register.

Graduates with Last Name A-L:
Graduates with Last Name M-Z Students:

11:30 a.m. – Rehearsal MANDATORY for all graduates
Guests are encouraged to tour the campus or relax in designated areas.

12:15 p.m. – Guest seating opens in the Good Shepherd Chapel
Tickets are complimentary, but required. Each graduate may bring up to 6 guests. Assigned seating. Tickets can only be reserved by calling the Events Office @ 717.560.8219 during the hours of 9 a.m. – 3.p.m.

If you don’t reach them, please leave a voicemail with your name and number and they will get back to you within 24-48 business hours.

1 p.m. – Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Speaker:

Lee DeRemer, PhD

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I receive tickets for commencement?

Each graduate may reserve up to 6 guest tickets for each event. It will be the graduate’s responsibility to reserve tickets. The tickets will be distributed electronically to the graduate. The ceremony will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend.

When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?

Regalia will be distributed the week before the ceremony at the locations listed below. DO NOT iron the gowns, they will melt. They can only be steamed. If you cannot pick up the regalia that week, you will receive it at the rehearsal on December 16.

  • Traditional Undergraduates – Your regalia will be available for pick up at the Solution Center in the Esbenshade lobby the week before the ceremony.
  • Adult Education, Online & Masters Students – Your regalia will be available for pick up in the Registrar’s office to Lower Esbenshade the week before the ceremony.
  • Doctoral Students-Communication will be sent from the Department with details for pick up.
What time is rehearsal?

The rehearsal is at 11:30 a.m. and is MANDATORY for all graduates. Please note-the graduate will not be able to leave prior to the ceremony.

Am I required to attend rehearsal?

Yes. The rehearsal is also a time for announcements and other activities that will make your entire day of celebration go smoothly.

What time is the ceremony?

The ceremony starts at 1 p.m., doors will open for guests at 12:15 p.m.

Where can I find the live video stream link for the ceremony?

The live video stream link for the ceremony is accessible HERE on the day of the ceremony and will be archived on after the ceremony as well as LBC’s Youtube channel.

What should I wear to the ceremony?

Women should wear a dress/skirt or nice pants and men should wear a dress shirt/tie with nice pants. This is a formal occasion, please no sneakers, jeans, shorts, flip-flops etc.

What is the GPA requirement for honors? When do I receive the honors?

Honor stoles will be given out at rehearsal, as applicable. The GPA range is: 3.50-3.74 for Cum Laude (red stole), 3.75-3.89 for Magna Cum Laude (white stole) or 3.90-4.00 for Summa Cum Laude (gold stole).

Will I keep my cap and gown?

All items are yours to keep.

When you pick up your packet of regalia, it should include your robe, your cap, a tassel with the graduation year, and where appropriate, the hood that marks your study area and degree level. Hoods are given for bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees.

Holds prevent me from receiving my actual diploma - How do I take care of a hold?

If you owe a fine at the library, for parking, if you have an academic requirement still to meet, or if you have a financial obligation related to tuition or fees, a hold is placed on your account. Holds prevent your diploma and transcripts from being released. To find out about any holds or to otherwise address them, please contact the Solution Center at 717.560.8254 or by email. The Solution Center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday.

When will I get my diploma?

If you have no holds on your account, diplomas will be sent to you electronically on the day of graduation and then a hard copy will be mailed to you within a couple of weeks of the ceremony.

Which ceremony should I attend? Where? When?

The graduation cycles for all locations occur every December, Spring/May, and August.

WHERE – You would attend the ceremony that takes place at the hub for your studies. For example, if you were an Online Accelerated student, your “hub” is Lancaster, PA. If you are a graduate level student who lives in Philadelphia, you would actually attend the Lancaster, PA ceremony because the ceremony in Philadelphia is for undergraduate degrees. If you took all of your studies through the Washington DC location, you would attend the Washington DC ceremony. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

WHEN – Typically, you would attend the ceremony that coincides with or follows your actual academic completion date, i.e. after your last academic requirements are met. In some cases, if completion is imminent, students may walk in the preceding ceremony and receive their diploma by mail once all is complete. Here is an outline:

  • Lancaster – May graduates walk in May. August and December grads walk in December.
  • Washington DC – May graduates walk in May. August graduates may walk in preceding or following May ceremony. December graduates would walk in following May ceremony.
  • Philadelphia – June graduates walk in June. August graduates may walk in preceding or following May ceremony. December graduates would walk in following June ceremony.

If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

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